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  • ITMO Student Wins NOAA Machine Learning Competition

    Ammar Ali, a Master’s student at ITMO’s Information Technology and Programming Faculty, took first place in the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) competition where he had to create a model that predicts disturbances in the Earth’s geomagnetic field. 


  • FEDOR: Meet Russia’s First Robot Astronaut (Who Also Does Splits)

    Fedor is Russia’s first anthropomorphic (humanlike) robot. On August 22, it will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) to perform a range of tasks under the guidance of a fellow, this time fully human, astronaut. Going forward, Fedor will serve as the first test pilot of Federation, a new Russian-made piloted spacecraft set to launch in 2022. It is also possible that Fedor will perform a round-the-Moon flight aboard Federation. In this article, ITMO.NEWS gives a profile on Fedor, explains why a robot needs to be humanlike to work on the ISS, and what ITMO University specialists think of the development. 


  • Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum: How Science Communication Helps Bridge Divide Between the Nations

    2019 marks the end of the 10th Stanford US-Russia Forum. SURF, as it is also known, is an exchange program for Russian and American students, postdocs, and researchers from the two nations’ top universities, during which the participants can discuss the key topics of US-Russia relations and suggest ways to improve them. Daria Denisova, the deputy head of ITMO University’s Science Communication Center, spoke with ITMO.NEWS about her experience of working on a space project with an MIT researcher, meeting with NASA staff, exploring historical records in the Hoover Tower, and visiting a historical Russian fortress in Fort Ross, California.


  • An Expert’s Opinion on the Future of Space Exploration

    For almost half a century, ever since the end of the Apollo program in 1971, humans haven’t gotten any higher than 600 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. However, some scientists believe that we may soon see a new era of space exploration. Among them is Dmitry Oliferovich, a journalist and science communicator, who gave an open lecture on Cosmonautics Day and spoke about the construction of a space station on the Moon’s orbit and sending humans to Mars. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the lecture.


  • Journey to the Red Planet: New and Daring Projects for Mars Travel

    In the recent years, the journey to Mars has been a hot topic among scientists and the general public. Back in the 16th century, new lands were discovered by ships sailing the seas; nowadays, we're talking about exploring new places in the Solar system where humans could settle using a different kind of ship. In this article, we'll be looking at the newest engineering and scientific solutions for man's journey to the Red Planet.


  • Watching the Skies: Roscosmos Installs a New Set-up for Monitoring Space Debris

    Space debris is a problem that may well hinder humanity's progress and the universe's exploration. The first step to solving it is keeping track of the debris so as to calculate safe trajectories for working satellites and "catching" those that stopped functioning. Roscosmos installed a set-up for monitoring space debris's coordinates in one of Brazil's observatories. For this project, specialists from ITMO's Department of Electrical Engineering and Precision Electromechanical Systems developed high-precision electric drives that rotate the telescope.